Kim J. Gillan's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Kim J. Gillan
Gender: Female
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Henry, Claire
Birth Date: 12/10/1951
Birth Place: El Cerrito, CA
Home City: Billings, MT
Religion: Catholic
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Kim Gillan refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2004 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Kim Gillan. Twitter: @KimGillanMT. 21 November 2011. "It's upsetting that this anti-choice group is targeting Montana. We must fight to protect a woman's right to choose." (twitter.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Issue Position: Women's Rights. 5 March 2012. "Kim has been a longstanding champion of a woman's right to choose. As a mother of two children, Kim knows that these are personal and private decisions that should be made between a woman with the advice of her physician. While in the Montana state legislature, Kim strongly opposed conservative efforts to take away funding from planned parenthood, restrict a woman's right to choose, and block access to reproductive healthcare." (votesmart.org)
  • Kim Gillan. Issue Position: A Leader for Women and Children. 5 March 2012. "Kim has been a longstanding champion of a woman's right to choose. As a mother of two children, Kim knows that these are personal and private decisions that should be made between a woman with the advice of her physician. While in the Montana state legislature, Kim strongly opposed conservative efforts to take away funding from planned parenthood, restrict a woman's right to choose, and block access to reproductive healthcare." (votesmart.org)
  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "I believe that government ought to have less of a presence in our personal lives and private decisions. As a woman and a mother I am thankful for the opportunity I had to raise my two children, and I respect other women's ability to make the decision that is best for them." to the question: "Where do you stand on social issues including abortion and homosexual marriage?" (www.ktvq.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. KRTV: U.S. House candidates Daines and Gillan debate in Bozeman. 14 October 2012. "Moderators also asked the candidates about their positions on the wars Iraq and Afghanistan [¦] 'Let's face it, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been all deficit spending,' Gillan said. 'We need to have a calm hand of diplomacy.' She added that is time for the United States to focus on domestic issues." (www.kimgillan.com)
  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "The US should have a role to encourage democracy in Afghanistan, but this should be done in a way that lessens the presence and deployment of our troops." to the question: "What role would you like to see the United States take in Afghanistan in the upcoming years?" (www.ktvq.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. Gillan Urges Super Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare; Cut Taxes for Working Families. 15 November 2011. "Both spending cuts and revenue increases must be included in any legitimate approach to reduce the deficit and invest in fundamental economic growth essentials like education, job training, infrastructure, and new energy development. This means cutting taxes for working families, identifying legitimate waste in government, eliminating tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans, and raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires “ so that they pay their fair share just like the rest of America's working families." (www.gillanforcongress.com)
  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "Tax cuts should be focused on the needs of working families - not millionaires and multi-national corporations shipping American jobs overseas. I would also support extending the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which is critical in giving tax relief to both students and parents working towards post-secondary education or a certificate. On top of that, we need to make sure the tax code is fairer for our middle class families and small business. Our current code looks like Swiss Cheese; we need to first get rid of unfair tax loopholes that allow corporations and the super wealthy to have a lower tax rate than most American families." to the question: "Are you proposing any changes to the federal tax structure? If so, explain." (www.ktvq.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Gillan Urges Super Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare; Cut Taxes for Working Families. 15 November 2011. "Both spending cuts and revenue increases must be included in any legitimate approach to reduce the deficit and invest in fundamental economic growth essentials like education, job training, infrastructure, and new energy development..." (www.gillanforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. Billings Gazette: 2012 Kim Gillan Q&A. "An investment in American infrastructure is an investment in long-term economic growth and job creation. At the Montana legislature, I've supported infrastructure investment programs such as Treasure State Endowment and long-range bonding that have helped grow our state's economy and create jobs. Infrastructure is smart spending that creates jobs almost immediately and helps grow our economy indefinitely. In Congress, I will push for responsible national infrastructure investment." to the question: "What is one step that Congress can take, and that you would support, to create more and better jobs in America?" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Gillan Urges Super Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare; Cut Taxes for Working Families. 15 November 2011. "Both spending cuts and revenue increases must be included in any legitimate approach to reduce the deficit and invest in fundamental economic growth essentials like education, job training, infrastructure, and new energy development." (www.gillanforcongress.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Rehberg's plan would gut worthy programs. 23 October 2011. "While it is critical to get federal spending under control, why balance the budget on the backs of low-income families, instead of making millionaires pay their fair share. Common sense dictates that investing in education and infrastructure are all important to job creation and long term economic recovery. We need to be investing in our future, through education and infrastructure and small businesses aid." (www.gillanforcongress.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Rehberg's plan would gut worthy programs. 23 October 2011. "Common sense dictates that investing in education and infrastructure are all important to job creation and long term economic recovery. We need to be investing in our future, through education and infrastructure and small businesses aid." (billingsgazette.com)
  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "Infrastructure improvements and job training are two areas that Congress must focus more on in today's economy. An investment in American infrastructure is an investment in long-term economic growth and job creation. At the Montana legislature as well as my professional career in economic development for Native American tribes, I've supported infrastructure investment programs such as Treasure State endowment and long-range bonding that have helped grow our state's economy and create jobs. Infrastructure is smart spending that creates jobs almost immediately and helps grow our economy indefinitely. In Congress, I will push for responsible national infrastructure investment, as well as work to extend tax credits that help folks further their education or help complete their certificate. A well-trained and educated workforce not only helps meet market demand, but it also works to attract new business." to the question: "What ideas do you have to promote job growth and reduce the unemployment rate?" (www.ktvq.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Gillan Urges Super Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare; Cut Taxes for Working Families. 15 November 2011. "Both spending cuts and revenue increases must be included in any legitimate approach to reduce the deficit and invest in fundamental economic growth essentials like education, job training, infrastructure, and new energy development..." (www.gillanforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. A word with Kim Gillan, MT candidate for U.S. House. 25 November 2011. Responded "One thing is looking at Montana's tax policies and pushing bills that made sure we had fair and balanced tax policies for both small business and individuals, not just corporate. I have carried a business equipment targeted tax break, which focuses primarily on small businesses. I believe in targeted, very specific tax incentives, let's say for wind power or whatever." to the question: "Obviously if there was a set answer we wouldn't be having the debate, but when you say job creation and economic development, how were you able actually do it?" (www.explorebigsky.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Creating Jobs by Supporting Small Businesses. 5 March 2012. "A hallmark of Kim's legislative career has been her support for small business. Whether pushing for small business tax relief so they can create jobs or promoting a worker training program so that businesses can compete, Kim knows that small businesses have always been the engine of economic growth for Montana and for America." (www.gillanforcongress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. Issue Position: Strengthening Education to Ensure a Well Trained Workforce. 1 January 2012. "In Congress she'll work to protect local control of schools and to enhance community involvement. And she'll stand up to either party when they want to impose a plan that doesn't work for Montana." (votesmart.org)
  • Kim Gillan. U.S. House Democratic candidates weigh in on energy, economy. 5 May 2012. "Education is the critical ingredient to a better life and financial security. That means investing in post-secondary education, job training, and expanded apprenticeship and adult learning opportunities. Pell Grants, the American Opportunity Tax credit and subsidized student loans are smart, long-term investments Congress should make today." (missoulian.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Kim Gillan. Sally Mauk talks with U.S. House democratic candidate Kim Gillan¦. 16 May 2012. "Mauk: And you support the second amendment? Gillan: I do support the second amendment. Mauk: And against any kind of gun control? Gillan: Well, I've always said in the Montana legislature that I thought that the state's current regulatory framework for dealing with guns was appropriate. And at this point in time, you know, I haven't looked at all of “ I haven't had a chance to study all of the federal initiatives." [10:17] (mtprnews.wordpress.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?"
  • Kim Gillan. Sally Mauk talks with U.S. House democratic candidate Kim Gillan¦. 16 May 2012. "Mauk: And you support the second amendment? Gillan: I do support the second amendment. Mauk: And against any kind of gun control? Gillan: Well, I've always said in the Montana legislature that I thought that the state's current regulatory framework for dealing with guns was appropriate. And at this point in time, you know, I haven't looked at all of “ I haven't had a chance to study all of the federal initiatives." [10:17] (mtprnews.wordpress.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "Every American deserves access to affordable, quality health care. In Montana, where 20% of our population lacks insurance, expanding affordable health coverage is a priority that can reduce cost shifting, stabilize prices, and help our economy grow. The Health Care Reform bill that passed in 2010 was not perfect, but it was an important step toward addressing a health care system that is broken. This is especially true when it comes to covering pre-existing conditions and granting further coverage to young people; both of which were addressed in the act. In Congress I'll look at and consider a broad range of proposals that could provide more affordable health care to more Montana families. Health care is too important to leave any idea off the table for discussion." to the question: "Do you support the Affordable Care Act? If yes, why? If not what alternative health care reforms do you support?" (www.ktvq.com)
  • Charles Johnson. Billings Gazette: Gillan files for U.S. House. 16 February 2012. "As for the federal health care law, Gillan said she doesn't favor its repeal. She said it contains some important components such as allowing kids to remain on their parents' health insurance policies until they're 26 and improving affordability and access of health care for Americans. 'The current system wasn't working,' she said, calling the bill 'an important step forward.'" (billingsgazette.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Billings Gazette: 2012 Kim Gillan Q&A. "The health care reform bill passed in 2010 was not perfect, but it was an important a step towards addressing a health care system that is broken. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for health care in America. In Congress, I'll look at and consider a broad range of proposals that could provide more affordable health care to more Montana families, including insurance pools, single-payer approaches like Medicare, and co-ops." to the question: "'Obamacare?' Why or why not?" (billingsgazette.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • Kim Gillan. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Montana State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?"
  • Associated Press. Billings Gazette: Key issues face congressional candidates. 27 May 2012. "And she is also being far more cautious on the issue of gay marriage. Gillan said only reporters ask her about it, and says that Democratic primary voters aren't too interested in it. The workforce development coordinator would only say she believes 'less, not more government' should be applied to the gay marriage question. But she wouldn't specify if that meant legalized gay marriage, a lesser standard of domestic partner rights, or something else." (billingsgazette.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Sally Mauk talks with U.S. House democratic candidate Kim Gillan¦. 16 May 2012. "Mauk: President Obama came out in support of gay marriage recently. Do you personally support gay marriage? Gillan: Well, you know what? As I've said a couple of weeks ago at a forum, that I really strongly support the right of two individuals to choose whether or not they're going to marry someone. But I think the most important thing is that we need less, not more, government involvement in our personal decisions. [¦] Mauk: Just so I'm clear, you do support gay marriage, then? Gillan: Well, I support less involve “ I think that gay marriage is actually the choice of folks to decide. I know that we're tackling it on a state-by-state basis, and I really am not convinced that the federal government has a role. Mauk: So if Montana, as it has, has decided that gay marriage should not be legal, you support that. Gillan: Well, I think the climate's changing, Sally. I think that, as I go around the state, I'm hearing a lot of people echo what I've said: that I really support the right of two individuals to choose whether they want to marry or not, and I think that is kind of the prevailing attitude in Montana." [10:43] (mtprnews.wordpress.com)
  • Kim Gillan. Sally Mauk talks with U.S. House democratic candidate Kim Gillan¦. 16 May 2012. "Mauk: President Obama came out in support of gay marriage recently. Do you personally support gay marriage? Gillan: Well, you know what? As I've said a couple of weeks ago at a forum, that I really strongly support the right of two individuals to choose whether or not they're going to marry someone. But I think the most important thing is that we need less, not more, government involvement in our personal decisions. [¦] Mauk: Just so I'm clear, you do support gay marriage, then? Gillan: Well, I support less involve “ I think that gay marriage is actually the choice of folks to decide. I know that we're tackling it on a state-by-state basis, and I really am not convinced that the federal government has a role. Mauk: So if Montana, as it has, has decided that gay marriage should not be legal, you support that. Gillan: Well, I think the climate's changing, Sally. I think that, as I go around the state, I'm hearing a lot of people echo what I've said: that I really support the right of two individuals to choose whether they want to marry or not, and I think that is kind of the prevailing attitude in Montana." [10:43] (mtprnews.wordpress.com)
  • Associated Press. Billings Gazette: Key issues face congressional candidates. 27 May 2012. "And she is also being far more cautious on the issue of gay marriage. Gillan said only reporters ask her about it, and says that Democratic primary voters aren't too interested in it. The workforce development coordinator would only say she believes "less, not more government" should be applied to the gay marriage question. But she wouldn't specify if that meant legalized gay marriage, a lesser standard of domestic partner rights, or something else." (billingsgazette.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Kim Gillan. KTVQ: 2012 US House Candidate Profile: Kim Gillan. 31 May 2012. "While there is no silver-bullet to fix the budget deficit overnight, we make it a priority to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, as well as other critical programs that assist working families and our seniors, and promote job growth." to the question: "How do you propose to balance the federal budget? What areas would you look at first when cutting spending? What programs are most important to preserve?" (www.ktvq.com)
  • Kim Gallan. Gillan Urges Super Committee to Protect Social Security and Medicare; Cut Taxes for Working Families. 15 November 2011. "Montanans want Washington D.C. to abandon the petty partisan bickering, they want Congress protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare for the long haul, and they are ready for a tax structure that benefits the needs of America's working families first and foremost." (www.gillanforcongress.com)
  • Kim Gallan. Gillan Announces for Congress Pledges Effective Leadership to Protect Our Montana. 1 June 2011. "Montana needs strong leadership in Washington to move our economy forward, create higher-paying jobs, keep our schools strong, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, and to protect Montana's rural way of life. I've produced real results for Montanans in Helena. I will continue to effectively provide real results on behalf of Montana's kids, the middle class and seniors in Congress" (www.gillanforcongress.com)

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Montana State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be subject to a mandatory waiting period.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

Support current Supreme Court ruling & MT state laws.

State Budget: Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Maintain Statusc) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Greatly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain Statush) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

State Taxes: Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category, you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusc) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gasoline taxes
e) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Property taxes
Maintain Statush) Vehicle taxes
i) Other or expanded categories

Property taxes @ state level; not sure what reappraisal will do but work to "moderate" impact.

No1) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
No2) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
3) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for Montana governors?
Yesb) Do you support the current limit of terms for Montana state senators and representatives?

c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?

Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state-level political campaigns?
Undecidedf) Should Montana participate in the federal REAL ID program?
g) Other or expanded principles

All campaign expenditures should be reported... There should be a penalty for not reporting on schedule.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Support the death penalty in Montana.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
e) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
f) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
g) Support state and local law enforcement officials enforcing federal immigration laws.
Xh) Support hate crime legislation.
i) Other or expanded principles

We need to change treatment or laws to curb DUI's - we need to get DUI drivers off the road!!!!

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

Xa) Support state funding of universal pre-K programs.
b) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
c) Support state education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students.
Xd) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
e) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
f) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
g) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
h) Support using a merit pay system for teachers.
Xi) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
j) Support allowing illegal immigrant high school graduates of Montana to pay in-state tuition at public universities.
k) Other or expanded principles

Montana's economic future depends upon a well trained and educated workforce; we need to improve graduation rates (or GED completion); to prepare students (K-12, 2 year, 4 year) better for school to work transition.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for state job-training programs that re-train displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Include gender identity in Montana's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Support laws that prevent employers from dismissing employees at will.
Xi) Support financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
Xj) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
k) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
l) Other or expanded principles

See above. Montana's unemployment rate is below national level; we need to focus on training of the under or unskilled + help them become productive members of workforce

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil, etc).
Xc) Support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops.
d) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
e) Support funding for improvements to Montana's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xf) Support funding for open space preservation.
g) Limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases linked to global warming.
h) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
i) Other or expanded principles

We need a state energy plan + policy to deal with short term + long term. Our future depends upon a diversified energy program.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Undecideda) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesb) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
c) Should a license be required for gun possession?
Yesd) Do you support current levels of enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
e) Do you support current state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support Montana's current statutes on gun purchase, possession + carry. I do not see any need for changes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
c) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Allow patients to sue their HMOs.
e) Require hospitals and labs to release reports on infections that are a risk to public health, while not compromising patient confidentiality.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Montana.
g) Support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

MT has made major improvements in establishing public-private partnerings to increase health care coverage i.e. Insure MT; CHIP + others. These are programs that are working.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Yesa) Should Montana recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Noc) Should Montana provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?
Nod) Do you support a moment of silence in public schools?
Noe) Do you support voluntary prayer in public schools?
Yesf) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Undecidedg) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
h) Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?
i) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
j) Should Montana continue affirmative action programs?
k) Do you support state funding of stem cell research?
l) Do you support state funding of embryonic stem cell research?
Undecidedm) Do you support allowing pharmacists who conscientiously object to emergency contraception to refuse to dispense it?
n) Other or expanded principles

Montana's current statutes handle sufficiently most of these issues.

Legislative Priorities

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

For 13 years of public office, I've worked to be a balanced, effective voice for my community. In doing so, it has been my objective to find solutions, common ground where possible and restore public confidence in the legislative process. Next session, I will continue using this approach and work on issues dealing with public access to state lands and good stewardship of Montana's resources...helping find the balance to help our economy to continue growing and maintain our quality of life. Health care affordability is another area where I will continue the efforts I started in 2007 with my study...